King must follow due process for Mandla

2013-07-10 22:11
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (Picture: AP)

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - Traditional leaders are not deposed and inaugurated without due customary and legal processes, an Eastern Cape official said on Wednesday.

Recent pronouncements about the removals of Mandla Mandela as chief of Mvezo and AbaThembu KIing Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, were made on wrong platforms and were in contravention of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, traditional affairs department spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha said.

"The spirit of this act is to bring dignity to the institutions of traditional leadership by making sure that traditional leaders are not deposed, and inaugurated without following due customary and legal processes."

He was referring to King Dalindyebo's call on Sunday for Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla to be deposed as chief of Mvezo.

Some members of the AbaThembu royal family reportedly also wanted Dalindyebo deposed.

"The continued insults, accusations, and counter accusations are not befitting the stature and composure expected of traditional leaders," said Sicwetsha.

"From the relevant sections of this act, it is clear that removing inkosi [chiefs] by public pronouncements or in media platforms defies customary traditions and this must cease, as it denigrates the character and image of traditional leadership."

Finding an amicable resolution

He appealed to the AbaThembu to resolve their issues amicably by allowing traditional leadership and family structures to mediate.

He said a king or queen might be removed from office if convicted of an offence with a sentence of imprisonment for more than 12 months without an option of a fine, physical incapacity, or mental infirmity which, based on acceptable medical evidence, made it impossible for the king or queen to function as such.

Whenever the royal family decided to remove a king or queen, the family had to inform the president, the premier of the province concerned, and the minister about the decision.

The president was required by the act to withdraw the certificate of recognition, publish a notice in the government gazette, inform the royal family concerned, and the king or queen concerned.

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